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This page gives you the latest bird and wildlife news from Chew Valley Lake (and sometimes elsewhere if there's something good about). Records are taken from various sources and should be regarded as unconfirmed.

When you visit Chew, please remember that you'll need a permit to enter the lake enclosure or use the hides. You can get one from Woodford Lodge, the Tea Rooms, or by post. See my access page for full details. Seen anything good? Please contact me.

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  FEBRUARY 2010

SUNDAY 28th
At least four Mediterranean Gulls (three summer plumage adults and a second-summer) were seen in the roost this evening.

SATURDAY 27th
The Little Egret was again in the cow field at Stratford Lane today, with another (an adult) in Villice Bay. A Green Sandpiper was in Heron's Green Bay and at least four adult Mediterranean Gulls were seen in the roost.


Little Egret.

FRIDAY 26th
The quiet month continues with a Smew and Green Sandpiper in Heron's Green Bay, and another Green Sandpiper at Herriott's. An Oystercatcher was in the vicinity of the dam today.

MONDAY 22nd
The Smew and Red-breasted Merganser were in Heron's Green Bay this morning, and a Water Pipit flew over Stratford hide.

SATURDAY 20th
The male Ferruginous Duck was in Stratford Bay this afternoon, and the Little Egret was still in by the farm buildings at Stratford Lane.

FRIDAY 19th
A Green Sandpiper was at Herriott's Bridge and a Little Egret was in fields at Stratford Lane today. A Smew and a Red-breasted Merganser were at Heron's Green Bay and Villice Bays respectively.

MONDAY 15th
A White-fronted Goose was a welcome visitor today - evidently over with the Canada Geese from Blagdon, where it's been for the last few days. It was seen on the Parkland for a short time at midday but wasn't seen again later. A Smew, Red-breasted Merganser and Green Sandpiper were in Heron's Green Bay, and a Mediterranean Gull was on Herriott's Pool.

SUNDAY 14th
A Smew was at Heron's Green Bay again today; a Green Sandpiper was at Herriott's Pool.

SATURDAY 13th
Following a typically quiet late winter's week, a Bittern was seen flying east over Herriott's End at 11:45.

SUNDAY 7th
An adult Mediterranean Gull or two were seen today, also two Smew, the male Red-breasted Merganser and a Water Pipit

SATURDAY 6th
Four Mediterranean Gulls were seen around the lake this afternoon, and a Smew was in Villice Bay.

FRIDAY 5th
The male Ferruginous Duck was still in Stratford Bay today, still on the far side. A female Greater Scaup was at Herriott's End, a Smew was in Heron's Green, where there was also a Golden Plover with the Lapwings - a tricky bird to see at Chew nowadays.

THURSDAY 4th
The Water Pipit was again in the Moreton area; the Red-breasted Merganser was in Heron's Green Bay, and at Stratford were nine Wigeon, a Mediterranean Gull, a male aythya hybrid, and what appeared to be (at very long range on the far side of the bay) a male Ferruginous Duck.


The male Red-breasted Merganser.

WEDNESDAY 3rd
A Water Pipit and the male Red-breasted Merganser were seen at Moreton today; a female Smew was in Villice Bay.

TUESDAY 2nd
The female Greater Scaup was at Stratford today, and the two Smew were still present.

MONDAY 1st
A female Greater Scaup was in Heron's Green Bay; also two Smew.

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